Friday, September 7, 2007

A special day

Our daughter Riley just turned 8 this past August and that is a special time. On September 1, 2007, Riley was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. This was a day that she, as well as I, had much anticipated. When the day came it wasn't what I had expected. Of course, I was so happy for her and confident in the choice that I really feel she made herself; but was it ever a scary feeling. It was hard as a mom to feel that my child was now so vulnerable to the world around her and that my mistakes could make so much more of an impact. It is so precious to see this clean, perfect child of God walking up these steps into your arms and they are cold and wet and you don't want to let them go because they are perfect and clean and you want them to stay that way forever. I'm glad I know what to expect for the next one I can prepare a little more emotionally. It was a beautiful day with family and friends and those that were in our hearts. It was nice to have a day to celebrate all that is clean and pure and holy and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

4 friends said...:

Gumbie said...

I really love your comments about our beautiful daughters special day. I hate that sometimes I concentrate so much on how things "should" be with all the formalities that I forget about the feelings involved. I didn't even think to ask how you were feeling during all of this. I hope it was as special a day for you as it was for me. Being able to baptize our oldest daughter is something that I have thought about quite often but never thought the time would come. Wow, time really flies. You are such a great wife and mother. I am really glad that you have somewhere that I can make comments to you, since I could not get onto myspace at work. I may have to start one of these myself. Anyway, I love you so very much. I look forward to reading more of your comments and outlooks on life!

shaina said...

Awwe. First off, I love your blog. You will have so much fun with it. I absolutely love writing in mine.
Congrats to Riley on her special day. I am proud of her. I've been trying to prepare myself for when Kamy is baptized in March. I don't think I'll be so emotionally stable as I hope to be.
And finally, So dang cute that Garin posts comments on your blog. I can see how much you two love and respect each other. I should make Heath reply on mine. Of course, forcing doesn't get the same response. Oh well...
Ya know I love you. Now that you are a blogger, it makes posting on mine easier (hint)!

Queen of Chaos said...

I know exactly how you feel Bethany and Garin. There is something about raising children that is wonderful and scary at the same time. I'm happy to read your comments too Garin. It's almost a journal from you both. Two outtakes from the same experience. Very cool.

Conner and Parker both chose to be baptized and that made my heart swell with pride. I also loved watching Warren baptize each of them. Both baptisms were happy and humbling experiences.

Congratulations to Miss Riley Lane! I am so proud of you. I think you are so adorable. You look just like your mommy.


Queen of Chaos said...

Hey, I will email you...I have a couple other blog sites.